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Logansport WWI memorial trees cut down amid protest

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Two trees that stood in the Logansport community were cut down this early this morning, amid protest from people who felt their was no need for them to go.

The two willow oak trees were planted on the grounds of the original Logansport High School in 1923.  They served as a memorial for local veterans who died in World War I.

The school burned down in 1990 and the property was bought by the First Baptist Church of Logansport.

The church has began looking at building and expanding, since it burned down nearly two years ago.

In order to expand, church officials felt the need to remove the memorial trees.

Protester Francis Freeman says a last ditch effort was made to preserve the trees, but she says the church wouldn't budge on their decision.

"As late as yesterday in an effort to save them, the local American Legion made an offer to the church to take over all the financial responsibilities for preserving and taking them down if they died and no one would talk to them," said Freeman.

Both trees were cut down in a matter of 30 minutes.

The trees were the last remaining piece of the original Logansport High School.

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